Fraternal Order of Police president: ‘Confident’ he can work with Sessions to ‘make our communities safer,’ protect citizens’ due-process rights
Fraternal Order of Police President Chuck Canterbury in a recent column says he is optimistic Attorney General Nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) will work with members of law-enforcement organizations to support meaningful programs that better equip officials to protect their communities while also balancing citizens’ due-process rights.
The FOP does not disagree that there is a need for civil asset forfeiture reform. In fact, we worked very closely with Senator Jeff Sessions on this issue going back to the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act (CAFRA) of 2000.
The law enforcement community came together to make the necessary changes to the program to ensure due process protections while preserving equitable sharing as a critical law enforcement tool. In fact, the FOP was an early supporter of administrative changes made to the program by then Attorney General Holder in January 2015.
It is our hope that the next Congress and the next Administration will work with law enforcement, as Senator Sessions did in 2000, instead of against us. Not a single major law enforcement organization supported legislation ending the equitable sharing program – and that’s no way to begin.
Sen. Sessions will work with members of the law-enforcement community to implement programs that offer tangible returns on taxpayer investment – returns that serve to create safer communities while also balancing citizens’ due-process rights.